Saturday, November 14, 2015

Only One Mention of the Word "Muslim" in BBC Paris Report

By convention, the phrase "Muslim terrorists" is not used in mainstream reporting of Islamic acts of terrorism.

Last night, the BBC managed to report on the Paris carnage without using either the words "Muslim" or "Islam". Apparently, they figured readers had no interest in knowing who might be behind the mayhem. Or perhaps, in a backhanded compliment to Islamic terrorism, they assumed everybody already knew.

This morning the BBC are reporting that ISIS was responsible. Inevitably this story becomes at least a teeny bit about Islam. The BBC used the word Muslim only once:
Its controversial ban on the burka face veil for women has been interpreted by some Muslims as being anti-Islamic.
Did you catch the context? It's in one of those "the West is bad"/ "it's our fault" sentiments. When the BBC uses the term "Muslim" the context is not terrorism, it is Muslim victimhood and the west's anti-Islamic bigotries.

Unless we are willing to articulate who our enemy is, and take rational steps to minimize the threat, there is no hope things will get better. Terrorist acts will continue and will become an acceptable price of western wishful thinking and deadly political correctness.

Mark Steyn weighs in at SteynOnline. Please swing by and read what he has to say.



Anonymous said...

Sheesh, give the police time to investigate and then inform. These things don't happen in 20 minutes.

Bec said...

I think shouting "Allah Akbar" during the first drive by attack makes it pretty clear who was doing the terror.That was reported early, very early but it depends on where people choose to be informed or not.

The problem is the left leaning media, who many believe tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, do not come close.

Anonymous said...

Cnn couldn't bring itself to use the words either. Mention of Charlie Hebdo attack so we are supposed to deduce something, though amazing how seldom the attack on the Jewish food store is remembered in the media.

Alain said...

@anon. No, "these things" did not happen in 20 minutes, they happened immediately with the terrorists clearly identifying themselves as "soldiers of allah". Only the wilful blind, deaf and dumb could miss it.

BallBounces said...

Bec, Anon2 and Alain -- good comments all. Thanks.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"